Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points and recorded 10 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a close victory over the Chicago Bulls, 83-78. This is only the third win for New York (6-15) in its last 10 games.
Anthony finished 9-21 from the field (1-3 on 3-pointers) and 11-12 from the free throw line. Amare Stoudemire also chipped in for New York, finishing with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Despite the loss, Mike Dunleavy put up 20 points for Chicago on 7-24 shooting, including 3-11 from behind the arc. Carlos Boozer added 12 points and 12 rebounds, Joakim Noah finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Taj Gibson put up 12 points and 7 rebounds.
As expected, the Bulls offense, which averages the fourth-most errors in the NBA (TO% of 16.7%), struggled with 22 turnovers against a New York defense that forces the fourth-most (opponents' TO% of 22.0%). The Bulls posted an eFG% of just 37.5%, including 28.6% from 3-point range. This year, they are 2-4 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Knicks are 3-1 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
Chicago (8-12) has now dropped their last three consecutive games.
Coming up, the Knicks take on the Boston Celtics, who are 10-14 on the season. The Bulls meet the Milwaukee Bucks, currently sitting at 5-17 this year. The Knicks are 0-1 versus Boston this season. The Bulls are 0-1 versus Milwaukee this season.
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